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Accessibility Statement

This statement was prepared on 20 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 19 October 2020.

This website was last tested in August 2020. Automated testing using Little Forest, and also using WAVE WebAim was undertaken and a site wide manual inspection was carried out.

Website accessibility statement in line with Public Sector Body (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018

This accessibility statement applies to

The site is owned and managed by CENSIS. The CENSIS host institution and administrative hub is the University of Glasgow (Charity Number SC004401).

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this application. For example, that means the website:

  • Allows you to zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Has acceptable colour/contrast ratios for text
  • Provides keyboard accessible navigation

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. However, some of our content is technical, and we use technical terms where there is no easier wording we could use without changing what the text means.

Customising the website

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. This is an external site with suggestions to make your computer more accessible:

AbilityNet – My Computer My Way

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you may not be able to access all content by using the keyboard alone
  • there is no keyboard link focus
  • there is no skip to content option
  • some PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some elements of the site do not work with Javascript disabled

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, including accessible PDF, large print, audio recording or braille, please contact us using the details below. We’ll try and respond as quickly as possible but this will be no more than 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) directly:

Contact details for the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

The government has produced information on how to report accessibility issues:

Reporting an accessibility problem on a public sector website

Contacting us by phone using British Sign Language

British Sign Language service

contactSCOTLAND-BSL runs a service for British Sign Language users and all of Scotland’s public bodies using video relay. This enables sign language users to contact public bodies and vice versa. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

contactSCOTLAND-BSL service details

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

We are committed to making websites and applications accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

The full guidelines are available at:
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standard

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Noncompliance with the accessibility regulations

The following items do not comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria:

  • There is no visible keyboard focus indicator

Success Criterion 2.4.7 Focus Visible

  • Google reCAPTCHA causes an accessibility error due to a missing label. It is possible to interact with and solve the reCAPTCHA using a screen reader. Also using the audio test to solve additional verification works with a screen reader. It worked especially well using the Chrome browser. We are unable to improve this further as this is third party software and not within our control.

Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution, or significant improvement, will be in place for those items within our control by July 2021.

Disproportionate burden

We are not currently claiming that any accessibility problems would be a disproportionate burden to fix.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations


Some of our older PDFs do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader.

1.1.1 – Non-text Content
1.3.2 – Meaningful Sequence

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Regulations for PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will continue to address the accessibility issues highlighted, alongside working to deliver a solution or suitable workaround. Unless specified otherwise, a complete solution or significant improvement will be in place for those items within our control by July 2021.

While we are in the process of resolving these accessibility issues, or where we are unable, we will ensure reasonable adjustments are in place to make sure no user is disadvantaged. As changes are made, we will continue to review accessibility and retest the accessibility of this website.